peri-

peri-

a prefix meaning “about” or “around” (perimeter, periscope ), “enclosing” or “surrounding” (pericardium ), and “near” (perigee, perihelion ), appearing in loanwords from Greek (peripeteia ); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (perimorph ).

Origin:
< Greek, prefixal use of perí (adv. and preposition)

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peri-
 
prefix
1.  enclosing, encircling, or around: pericardium; pericarp; perigon
2.  near or adjacent: perihelion
 
[from Greek peri around, near, about]

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peri-
prefix meaning "around, about, enclosing," from Gk. peri (prep.) "around, about, beyond," cognate with Skt. pari "around, about, through," L. per (see per).
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peri- pref.

  1. Around; about; enclosing: perimysium.

  2. Near: perinatal.

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peri-  
A prefix that means: "around" (as in pericardium,) or "near" (as in perihelion).
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